12KBW’s sports law team acts for professional sports people, clubs, and insurers in cases
occurring in a sporting context. Our team has experience in advising and representing players and governing bodies in almost every major sport, including rugby union, rugby league, football, cricket, badminton, baseball, skiing, sailing, diving, wrestling, climbing, canoeing, cycling, triathlon, golf, athletics, and equestrianism. The team has considerable experience in high-profile cycling disputes and regularly advises on issues in the professional sphere including for British Cycling and well-known professional teams.

Our pre-eminence in this field is longstanding, having been instructed in some of the most
significant cases. Our barristers acted in the landmark case of Watson v British Board of Boxing
Control [2001] EWHC 1134 (QB), the leading case in respect of the duty of care owed by sports
governing bodies.

As one of the leading personal injury sets at the Bar, we regularly act in claims which involve
career-ending injuries. Our team has significant experience in acting for both claimants and
defendants in high-value loss of earnings and loss of a chance claims arising out of sporting
injuries. Our team has acted in claims of missed diagnoses of cardiac defects in sports men and
women, including the notable case of Hamed v Mills & Tottenham Hotspur Football Club [2015]
EWHC 298 (QB). We specialise in road cycling accidents, advising both claimants and
defendants on issues relating to contributory negligence, and defective products. We also have
extensive experience in historic sexual abuse claims involving sports clubs.

Our experience covers disciplinary and regulatory matters, including doping and safeguarding.

Our members have advised and acted in proceedings brought by UK Anti-Doping and the
World Anti-Doping Agency. In addition to appearing before sports tribunals, several members
of the team hold appointments on the Sport Resolutions’ Pro-Bono Panel and the England
Boxing Disciplinary Panel.

Many members of the team are recognised in the legal directories for their expertise in cross-
border litigation, making us particularly well placed to deal with sporting claims which involve an
international element.

Our sports law offering draws on our considerable expertise in the fields of personal injury,
international, product liability, insurance, clinical negligence, abuse, employment, and contractual
disputes. Combined with our in-depth knowledge of the sports law industry, our barristers are
ideally placed to undertake work in this field.

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